Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Student Awarded a Top African Scholarship


Coastweek – – The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, is proud and delighted to announce that one of this year’s graduates, Sheliza Darvesh, has been awarded a prestigious University College London African Educational Trust Undergraduate International Outreach Bursary.

The Bursary – one of only two awarded throughout the whole of Africa is valued in real terms at approximately twenty-five million Kenyan Shillings.

It provides full tuition fees and a yearly maintenance allowance for the six-year programme, as well as international air travel to/from the UK and an allowance to permit two members of Sheliza’s family to attend the graduation ceremony in 2014. Sheliza’s ambition is to become a surgeon and practice in Kenya.

Just one month ago, the Academy announced that Anoushka Rajan, a 2007 Academy graduate, was awarded a full, four-year Leadership Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Peter Mc Murray, Head of the Academy, commented:

“We are enormously proud of Sheliza and her outstanding teachers.

“This is especially exciting coming so quickly after the good news about Anoushka’s scholarship to the University of British Columbia.

“These awards recognize in an important way the talent, hard work and commitment of Academy students and teachers.

“To me, it is further proof of the growing acceptance of the International Baccalaureate Programme globally.

“These awards validate His Highness the Aga Khan’s vision for the network of Aga Khan Academies to provide talented young people of all backgrounds, an outstanding education in preparation for lives of leadership and service.”

Mr. McMurray stated that these stories are just two of many successes – many others have not been publicly recognized. He further added that this is just the beginning.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

One thought

  1. 25M shillings equals over $350,000 – could be one of the largest such awards globally! Full tuition and all costs for six years, including international travel and even travel for family for graduation. Amazing!

    This absolutely amazing prize, in addition to other recent international awards received by students of the AKES system (some of which were highlighted here on Ismailimail) certainly speak to the quality and impact that the AKES schools are having.


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